These Are The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Maryland is 1,738,618 – at 29.2% of the total population of Maryland.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase impacted Maryland? Which cities and towns in Maryland have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. District Heights
  2. Glenarden
  3. New Carrollton (Photos)
  4. Baltimore (Photos)
  5. Bladensburg (Photos)
  6. Cheverly (Photos)
  7. Bowie (Photos)
  8. Laurel (Photos)
  9. Greenbelt (Photos)
  10. Cambridge (Photos)

District Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Maryland for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the most diverse places in Maryland.

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How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Maryland.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.2% to 0.7%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. District Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Thurmont was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maryland ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

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1. District Heights

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,951
% African American: 91.19%
# Of African American Residents: 5,427
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.33%

2. Glenarden


Population: 6,110
% African American: 87.2%
# Of African American Residents: 5,328
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.58%

3. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Population: 12,727
% African American: 63.49%
# Of African American Residents: 8,080
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.77%

4. Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 621,000
% African American: 62.42%
# Of African American Residents: 387,631
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%

5. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,505
% African American: 61.57%
# Of African American Residents: 5,852
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.22%

6. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,390
% African American: 58.22%
# Of African American Residents: 3,720
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.81%

7. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Population: 57,633
% African American: 50.29%
# Of African American Residents: 28,982
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.49%

8. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Population: 25,703
% African American: 49.69%
# Of African American Residents: 12,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.61%

9. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Population: 23,623
% African American: 49.52%
# Of African American Residents: 11,697
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.4%

10. Cambridge

Cambridge, Maryland

Population: 12,552
% African American: 46.85%
# Of African American Residents: 5,881
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.1%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Maryland

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maryland:

  1. Thurmont
  2. Hampstead
  3. Ocean City

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Maryland

City Rank Population % African American
District Heights 1 5,951 91.19%
Glenarden 2 6,110 87.2%
New Carrollton 3 12,727 63.49%
Baltimore 4 621,000 62.42%
Bladensburg 5 9,505 61.57%
Cheverly 6 6,390 58.22%
Bowie 7 57,633 50.29%
Laurel 8 25,703 49.69%
Greenbelt 9 23,623 49.52%
Cambridge 10 12,552 46.85%
Mount Rainier 11 8,364 42.4%
Salisbury 12 32,338 37.67%
Takoma Park 13 17,567 35.28%
Hyattsville 14 18,262 32.41%
Aberdeen 15 15,361 30.86%
La Plata 16 9,059 30.61%
Annapolis 17 39,009 24.04%
Riverdale Park 18 7,221 23.96%
Cheste 19 5,122 21.89%
Frederick 20 68,229 18.52%
College Park 21 31,942 18.28%
Havre De Grace 22 13,505 17.12%
Gaithersburg 23 66,104 16.95%
Hagerstown 24 40,325 16.72%
Elkton 25 15,687 14.17%
Frostburg 26 8,718 13.48%
Easton 27 16,637 11.99%
Rockville 28 65,171 9.52%
Chesapeake Beach 29 5,866 7.74%
Westminster 30 18,665 7.17%
Brunswick 31 6,101 6.67%
Cumberland 32 20,290 6.11%
Walkersville 33 5,989 6.08%
Bel Air 34 10,211 5.57%
Taneytown 35 6,755 4.99%
Mount Airy 36 9,376 2.35%
Ocean City 37 7,041 1.85%
Hampstead 38 6,352 1.54%
Thurmont 39 6,435 0.7%

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